Head Start Program


Eligibility is based on family income at or below the poverty level. Families with situation including homelessness, and children in foster care, or receiving SSI or TANF also are eligible.

The Head Start Program serves children ages 3 years old through 5 years old, while The Early Head Start Program serves infants and toddlers - ages 6 weeks old through 2 years old and pregnant women may be in any trimester are established by the Department of Health and Human Service each year and are classified by the number of family members. The Head Start Performance Standards define family members as all persons living in the same household who are: supported by the income of the parent(s) or guardians(s) of the child enrolling or participating in the program, and related to the parent(s) or guardians(s) by blood, marriage, or adoption.


Head Start Authorization Act


Up to ten percent of Head Start/Early Head Start enrollment slots are made available for children with diagnosed special needs and up to ten percent of Head Start's enrollment can be over the poverty guidelines; however precedence is given to families that are income qualified first. If a child has been found income eligible and is participating in the Head Start/Early Head Start program, he or she remains income eligible through the enrollment year and the immediately succeeding enrollment year. Families in receipt of Ohio Works First (OWF) cash, SSI, and foster children automatically qualify.

Children and Families Served 2016-17

1,539 children and families were served

  • Head Start: 1,363

  • Early Head Start: 141

  • Pregnant women: 35


  • 92% of eligible children served of funded enrollment.

  • 8% of families served exceeded income guidelines)

Average Monthly Enrollment
was the Average Monthly Enrollment as a percentage of funded enrollment.
(Year-to-date average ending May 2017)

 If your child is eligible for the Head Start/Early Head Start program, please contact the Central Recruitment and Enrollment Office.

Contact Information:
Centralized Recruitment and Enrollment Office
670 W. Exchange Street
Akron, Ohio 44302
Telephone :
(330) 643-0711
Fax: (330) 376-2244

Documentation of eligibility for children and pregnant women are required as part of the enrollment determination process.

When setting up an appointment date, you will be asked to bring the following documentation:

 Proof of Age, Income & Custody

·Child’s age (birth to age 5)

·If employed, please bring household income
(current pay check stub or previous year’s W2 or 1099)

·If unemployed, please provide copies of OWF,Unemployment, Social SecuritySupplemental Security Income (SSI), Child Support

·Custody/Guardianship, if applicable

Health Status Information

·Insurance/Child’s Health Card

·Child’s Up-to-date Immunization Record

·Name and address of Doctor and Dentist (if child has one or both)

Emergency Contacts

Two emergency contacts are needed with active telephone (home or cell); these can be be friends or relatives.